City Talks Launches with UCA’s Bryan Massey
CITY TALKS Launches with UCA’s Bryan Massey
Contact: Brenda McClain 501.499.3284
For Immediate Release: Conway, AR. … Art on the Green has selected UCA Professor and Sculptor Bryan Massey to launch the Gallery’s series of City Talks. City Talks is a speaker series of authentic, stimulating discussions with sincere, honest, real people. The first in a series is scheduled for February 23, 2018, 5:30 at Art on the Green with Moderator Darren Irby.
Art on the Green’s Gallery Director Brenda McClain said of Massey, “Working with Bryan as an artist is always inspiring. Learning his story is an entirely different level of discourse. We knew immediately that Professor Massey was the person to ‘kick off’ CITY TALKS.”
According to a feature in 501 Life magazine (February 2017), Professor Massey lost four fingers in an accident with a table saw while attending East Carolina State University. Massey told Editor Sonja Keith he was unable to create art or 3D for 18 months. Homelessness two years after the accident only made Massey more determined never to give up. There were days at a time he did not eat, yet he did not steal. “I’d rather go hungry than steal.”
Massey also had challenges when he was first at UCA when he objected to a clause in the university’s constitution that stated it was established for the education of white people. Massey emphasizes he had the support of the administration and UCA Police even though the FBI was called in. He told Keith he had to send his family to North Carolina during this time.
Massey is an Internationally-known sculptor; his work includes the Sidney S. McMath Memorial in Little Rock, the Silas Herbert Memorial in Fayetteville, along with works in Little Rock’s Riverfront Park, Carti Cancer Center’s Sculpture Garden and the Grammy Music Hall of Fame. In Conway, his sculpture of “Otis” is on UCA’s Donaghey Hall building.
Join the Gallery February 23 at Art on the Green, Littleton Park-1100 Bob Courtway in Conway. Doors will open at 5:00 PM, with conversation beginning 5:30 PM, ending at 6:30 PM. Massey will take questions at the conclusion of the conversation. For reservations call 501.205.1922 or log on to artonthegreen.net.
Art on the Green is an artistic vortex drawing skilled artists and art lovers alike, the 3,000 Sq. Ft. gallery not only showcases the works of internationally acclaimed artists in every medium, it transforms art into a living, breathing thing. It’s a symphony of artwork that touches the heart and inspires the mind.
Photo: Professor Massey takes a break from working on “OTIS” for UCA’s Donaghey Hall.